Pack Creek Fire Destroys Four Utah Homes, Threatens 70 Others
June 14, 2021
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune
Approximate impacted areas:
-Pack Creek Fire
Pack Creek Area (San Juan County, 84532)
NOTE: This has NOT yet been declared a FEMA Major Disaster.
After lifting evacuation orders on Sunday morning, the San Juan County sheriff again imposed mandatory orders prompted by the Pack Creek Fire on Sunday evening.
Sheriff Jason Torgerson issued the order for all private property in and around the area east of Geyser Pass in the LaSal Mountains, from Blue Lake through the Dark Canyon area.
“We have been notified that the Pack Creek Fire has breached the Geyser Pass road and therefore, for the safety of all citizens, we ask that you evacuate at this time while it is safe to do so,” Torgerson posed on Facebook. “Failure to evacuate at this time is at your own risk and your safety cannot be guaranteed.”
About 70 residences and 70 other buildings are threatened by the fire.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, because of “extreme hot and dry conditions” in the area, the fire grew “significantly” on Sunday and crossed the Geyser Pass Road into the Oowah Lake area. Firefighters believe it will “continue moving east into the geyser pass area in between Haystack Mountain and Mount Mellenthin.”
The Pack Creek Fire was last estimated at more than 5,400 acres with 6% containment, and those numbers are expected to be updated on Monday morning.
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